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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

And we wonder why teachers leave the profession...

MESA, Ariz. — A high school teacher captured in a YouTube clip performing a cheerleading routine in front of her class has resigned.

English teacher and cheerleading coach Cristina Mallon "has elected to resign" from the Higley Unified School District, district spokeswoman Sara Bresnahan said Tuesday.

Last month, the district placed Mallon on paid administrative "as a standard district procedure" after the video surfaced. In it, she is seen performing a seemingly harmless cheer with pompoms inside a classroom as students hoot and cheer.

An edited version of her performance runs for less than a minute on YouTube. It made it all the way to network television, airing on NBC's "Today" show.

Mallon returned from her suspension a few weeks later. She was again in the spotlight after a student's father complained about a book she assigned, "Jake Reinvented."

The parent said the book was not appropriate for his 14-year-old daughter, a student in Mallon's freshman English class.

The book, by Gordon Korman, has been described as "The Great Gatsby" for teens. It tells the story of a cool and popular high school student who is exposed as a ***(hold your seats, friends!)*** fraud.


Hugs to you Ms. Mallon -

My daughter had a math teacher who regularly showed videos during algebra class - "classics" such as The Lion King. When I brought it to the attention of the principal, nothing was done about it. I could go on and on about incompetent teachers in the classroom. If parents (the ones who care) only knew the half of it - they would pull their kids from public school so fast. Highly qualified means no matter how badly you teach, as long as you have the correct certification, we will keep you employed. Unless, of course, you are actually trying to connect with your students, as Ms. Mallon did.

And finally - I would love to see what is hiding in the closet of the father who didn't want his girl to read a book the teacher assigned. Maybe underneath the Penthouse and Playboy mags, he has a copy of Farenheit 451, too.

P.S. To the principal of the student who videotaped the cheer (it was spirit week, for goodness sake!) - I assume you had a consequence for the student using electronic devices during class time? I mean, it sounds like you guys really play by the book, right?


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